William Bird (UK politician)

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Sir William Barrott Montfort Bird (11 July 1855 – 13 November 1950)[1] was a British solicitor and Conservative Party politician.

The son of William Frederic Wratislaw Bird, of Wilmington in Kent, he was educated at Bruce Castle School, and admitted as a solicitor 1880. He was a Director of William Deacon's Bank (Limited), and of other companies, and was Justice of the Peace for West Sussex. In 1895 he married Maitha Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Spencer, and widow of James H. Murray.[2]

He was elected unopposed as Member of Parliament for Chichester at a by-election in April 1921 following the resignation of the sitting Conservative MP Lord Edmund Bernard Talbot, who had been appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.[3]

At the 1922 general election, Bird was re-elected with a massive majority over his only opponent, a Labour Party candidate. However, he faced a Liberal Party opponent for the first time at the 1923 general election, and lost his seat. He did not stand for Parliament again.[3]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Debrett's Debrett's House of Commons". via Archive.org. 1922. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 484. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Edmund Bernard Talbot
Member of Parliament for Chichester
Succeeded by
Charles Rudkin